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The shape of things to come

egg of future unfolding

Mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and ilk belong to their own kingdom, Fungi. They’re more closely related to you and I than they are to plants. They’re critical to ecosystem function but have a bit of a PR problem. You’ve probably had both friendly and hostile relations with them. They experience the world quite differently than we do, and they live their lives accordingly.

There’s just something compelling about fungi. They’re not exactly beautiful. They’re somehow both familiar and strange at the same time. And they have stories to tell…

p.s. The egg? It’s the primordium of a stinkhorn, Dictyophora duplicata. Photo by me, Kathie Hodge. For the whole sordid story, see this entry.

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Most people don't pay much attention to fungi, which include things like mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and mildews. Here at Cornell we think they're pretty fascinating. In fact, even the most disgusting foot diseases and moldy strawberries are dear to our hearts. We'd like to talk to you about fungi, so that like us, you too can tell gross stories at the dinner table. Afterwards, maybe you'll notice some things you would have overlooked before, and we think this could be good for the planet.

Kathie T. Hodge, Editor

Beneath Notice, our book of borescopic mycology.


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